1. Arrival to destination – Zagreb, the capital of Croatia
After settling into your accommodation, we will meet in the hotel lobby for an informal welcome drink. You will have the chance to discuss the upcoming itinerary with your guides and get to know your fellow travelers.
4*Hotel Dubrovnik; Van drive from airport: 30 min
2. Hiking and walking around NP Plitvice Lakes
Having today’s itinerary in mind, we put smiles on our faces and head out into the wild. We start our day with a van drive southwest towards NP Plitvice Lakes, Croatia's premier National Park. Our day is dedicated to hiking in and around the Park making breathtaking pictures. Its exquisite series of 16 emerald green and opal blue travertine lakes, more than 90 waterfalls and numerous caves make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lakes are surrounded by beech and pine forests and are home to extensive wildlife. We enjoy a picnic lunch along the trail. Later in the afternoon we return to Korana village in time to enjoy a swim in the clear river just in front of your guest house.
Korana village private guest house; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); hiking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well-marked paths
3. Trekking NP North Velebit
This walking adventure is intended for those who want to experience a different type of walking, since it includes the most famous, and one of the most beautiful trekking paths - the Premužić path. Velebit is known for its unusual diversity of plant and animal life, wealth of forests, canyons, cliffs and caves that delight visitors. Besides all the afore-mentioned, Velebit is also home to one of the most famous Croatian endemic species, Velebitska degenija. Due to its magnificence, it’s considered as a national Croatian symbol and as such is mentioned in numerous songs, stories and legends. It is characterized by an elongated shape with steep sides. On our way there are several points that open up a view towards the Zadar archipelago, the path is drawn so that there aren’t any big climbs so it is pleasant for walking, passing through dense forest of old pine, fir and beech. We finish up our day with a drive towards our next destination, Novigrad, a little fisherman’s village situated right on the sea front. We’ll enjoy dinner on the hotel terrace with a stunning view of the Velebit mountain range.
3*Hotel Castrum Novum; Meals: B and D (picnic on your own); hiking: 3-4 h, moderate
4. Hiking in NP Paklenica and visit Zadar
If there was ever a morning for you to get up early, this is that morning. Our small expedition leads us into National Park Paklenica, the most famous hiking and rock climbing NP in Croatia. It covers the area of torrent flows of Velika and Mala Paklenica, and their distinctive canyons carved vertically into the south slopes of Velebit and the broader surrounding area. The relatively small area has an abundance of exceptional diversity of geomorphologic phenomena and forms, diverse flora and fauna, attractive landscapes and intact nature. Having adapted to the geographic and climatic environment, the residents mostly engaged in nomad stock herding, which is confirmed by mountain shepherd residences. The fact that many people stayed in mountain residences in summertime is reflected in the ruins of numerous sacral buildings: churches, chapels, altars, holy hills and measures. The name Paklenica probably derives from black pine sap called “paklina”, which the locals used in traditional medicine, for wound treatment, for light and for coating of wooden boats. Hiking is the only way to really get to know Paklenica. Finishing our fabulous day we continue our journey to visit Zadar, beautiful old town on the Adriatic coast. In the past several years Zadar town has become an outdoor exhibition, attracting people from all demographic structures. It is really worth seeing and experiencing it.
3*Hotel Castrum Novum; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Van drive: 45 min; hiking: 3-4 hours; Sightseeing Zadar: 2h
5. Boat ride to NP Kornati Islands
In the central part of Croatian Adriatic Sea there is an amazing archipelago of islands named Kornati Islands. Beauty and singularity of the archipelago moved authorities in 1980 to proclaim a bigger part of that area a National Park. Since then certain modifications of its borders were made, so that nowadays NP Kornati occupy the area of about 220 km2 (54.000 acres). There are 89 islands, islets and reefs within the area of National Park Kornati Islands (238 km of the coastline) what make it the most indented group of islands in the Mediterranean. It’s values of landscapes, the “crowns” (cliffs) on the islands facing the open sea, and interesting relief structures, make it very unique. The Kornati submarine area, whose bio diversity is considered to be the richest in the Adriatic Sea, and also the magnificent geomorphology of the sea bed, attracts divers from all over Europe to come and enjoy in unforgettable submarine. This evening we arrive to Skradin town, on the very entrance to the NP Krka River. The small picturesque town, rich in history, has a couple of family-run hotels, restaurants, pubs and wineries, a beach and marina - all in friendly atmosphere.
3*Hotel Skradinski Buk; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); Van drive: 45 min; boat ride: 4 hours.
6. Walking and exploring NP Krka River, visit Šibenik
We will spend the day visiting Krka River National Park. A short boat ride will take us from Skradin to the 44-meters high Skradinski Buk waterfall from where we will continue by motor boat to the island Visovac to visit the Franciscan (Catholic) monastery. After the walk around the Roški waterfall, with its numerous mills, streams and cascades, optionally one can continue by boat to visit the St. Archangel (Orthodox) monastery in the upper canyon of the river. There will be time for lunch and a swim. You will be able to admire the Park’s abundant wildlife, particularly birds – more than 200 different species. Upon our return we will take a drive to Šibenik town for another inspirational sightseeing. An ancient town with lively Mediterranean spirit and its breathtaking cathedral make it an unavoidable destination.
3*Hotel Skradinski Buk; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); hiking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: easy, well-marked paths
7. Trekking Mosor, visit Split
Mosor is a mountain range located near town Split on the Adriatic coast. It stretches from the pass of Klis in the northwest to the Cetina River in the southeast. The highest peak is Veliki Kabal (1339m), and one of the most visited peaks is Vickov stup (1325 m). We start our ascent from Gornje Sitno. You can see the remains of old pastoral villages all around, as well as the pools for watering livestock, and occasionally the wind brings along the sounds of bells from a distant bulls herd as we enjoy the panoramic view. After our beautiful expedition we descend to visit the breathtaking old Mediterranean town of Split. We then drive to Trogir where we overnight.
3* Villa Maslina, Trogir; Meals: B and D (picnic lunch on your own); hiking: 4-6 miles; Terrain: moderate, well-marked paths;
8. Departure day
Depart Split/Trogir for the airport and flight home. You are welcome to schedule your homeward transport for any time. If you decide to spend more time in Croatia, our guides will be happy to recommend other beautiful places to visit - especially those you won’t find in tourist guide books.
Meals: B; Van drive: 2 hours
Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather, water levels, special events of interest, etc. Raftrek Guides and Trip Leaders will do their utmost to ensure the best possible experience for their clients without compromising safety at any time. This may mean changing the original itinerary to avoid discomfort or risk which could be caused by exceptional situations. Raftrek reserves the right to alter the itinerary without prior notice.
- 7 nights in double/twin room
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